Graphics Cards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by simontarr, May 20, 2009.

  1. simontarr macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Hi All, I know this is a Mac forum but over the years you have all proved very knowledgeable so hopefully you can help me answer a windows-based question! :eek:

    I've been using a Mac for the past 3 years, having switched from a PC. It's now time to upgrade and, put simply, I cannot ignore the power of the Intel i7 920 (especially after some moderate over clocking) As much as I hate to admit it, the iMac simply can't compete with the computer I can build for £1000 :(

    Graphics for me are important, so I'm going to be getting the ATI HD 4870. My question is what is the difference between the Asus HD 4870 and Sapphire HD 4870? The Asus is £80 more expensive on eBuyer and I don't know why! They are both using the same chipset and they both have 1GB memory, so is one faster than the other?!

    As ever, thanks for your help, and sorry if I have posted this in the wrong section.
  2. maraca2020 macrumors member

    May 17, 2009
    i don't know about the section, but graphics cards range in price because of the manufacturer. Although, for example, they may be nvidia, they may vary depending on who makes them, evga or bfg, because of quality, waranty, and other factors
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    PC parts differ in price depends on the chip customization, driver features, support quality, and other factors.

    Products from Asus typically allows easier over clocking (but most warranty do not cover damage from over clocking though).
  4. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Can you post links to the two cards you are considering?

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